Although many people say the glass ceiling was smashed to smithereens years ago, the facts state otherwise. Women’s average pay is still significantly lower than that of men, board rooms are still dominated by men and most world leaders are still male. We’ve interviewed dozens of successful women and found they had many of the following traits in common:
- Do work that you enjoy.
- Stay visible by promoting yourself.
- Actively tackle workplace discrimination. Be a stand.
- Understand the importance of and embrace identity in workplace minorities.
- Pick your battles selectively.
- Outperform your peers.
- Establish a broad panel of mentors and people to go to for advice.
- Keep a catalogue of your successes.
- Ensure you are not slotted into a career limiting role. Roles such a ‘diversity officer’ may sound good but senior management is rarely ever cultivated from these types of roles. Future leaders typically come from finance, operations, sales and marketing.